COUNTDOWN TO NYE
June 2019 marks a very special LGBT Pride Month: the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which took place at the end of June 1969. In commemoration and celebration, NYC Pride is hosting WorldPride this year — the first WorldPride hosted in the US.
Times Square will host the WorldPride Closing Ceremony on Sunday, June 30 from 7–10pm, closing out the month on a high note with a full slate of speakers and musical performers including Melissa Etheridge, the cast of The Prom, Jake Shears, MNEK, and Deborah Cox. Margaret Cho will host the event.
But before Pride Month ends, enjoy it to the fullest in Times Square with events and special offers around the district.
The World's Longest Feather Boa?
42nd Street between 7th and 8th Aves
Emceed by Shangela and in celebration of WorldPride, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square and Madame Tussauds New York will attempt the Guinness World Records title of the longest feather boa at 1.2 miles.
The Funniest Show on Broadway: World Pride Edition
Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway
A showcase of New York City’s best comics handpicked by Carolines on Broadway staff — lineup TBA.
John Cameron Mitchell & Stephen Trask: The Origin Of Love
The Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St
John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, the Tony Award winning co-creators of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, present an exclusive 50th Pride Celebration, performing songs from their groundbreaking rock musical and regaling audiences with stories from 25 years of Hedwig.
Looks & Laughs: Hosted by Trixie & Katya
PlayStation Theater, 1515 Broadway
Trixie and Katya pull out all the stops as they take on Pride in New York City, hosting the “Looks & Laughs” show with special guests Aquaria, Naomi Smalls, Violet Chachki, Kim Chi, Asia O’Hara, and Yvie Oddly.
Drag Brunch at the Iridium
The Iridium, 1650 Broadway
Unleash your inner diva at the Drag Brunch by Voss Events at Iridium, with wild performances by top female impersonators and special guests from RuPaul's Drag Race.
Snacktime: Ritzy's Drag Queen Brunch at La Pulperia
La Pulperia, 371 W 46th St
For four years, Ritzy Bitz has hosted boozy brunch at this Latin restaurant and cockteleria on Restaurant Row.
Pride Pool Party
Room Mate Grace Hotel, 125 W 45th St
Black Unicorn presents the annual 21+ Pride Pool Party — New York's wettest and wildest pool party.
The Ritz Bar & Lounge
369 W 46th St (Restaurant Row)
The entertainment changes nightly at this bi-level lounge and dance club, with drag shows, Beers & Bears, and more.They promise "no attitude, friendly bartenders, and generous pours."
On June 27, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the top three contestants from Drag Race Thailand will celebrate WorldPride with "Pride in Diversity: Thailand," a night of performances and short talks.
"It seems like a dubious musical mash-up: Broadway narcissists-turned-activists take over a middle-American town to help a lesbian teen who just wants to bring her date to the prom. But with a tuneful score, a playful book, and performances that remind you what Broadway heart and chutzpah are all about, this cause celebre of a show turns out to be a joyous, funny, and sweet production that should appeal to several generations of musical fans." - Frank Rizzo, Variety
Hudson Theatre through July 14, 2019
"...it may surprise modern audiences that Lanford Wilson’s drama, now playing at New York’s Hudson Theatre, is a deft examination of queer identity and a snapshot of an especially vulnerable moment in the history of the LGBTQ rights movement. First staged in 1987, “Burn This” finds the aforementioned lovers seeking the advice of a gay friend, Larry (played in the current run by Brandon Uranowitz). The HIV/AIDS crisis is never mentioned, but its devastation still permeates the show symbolically in that Pale and Anna unite in their grief over the death of another gay man, Robbie, and his boyfriend in a boating accident." - Curtis Wong, The Huffington Post
Specialty cocktails at St. Cloud
The Knickerbocker Hotel, 6 Times Square
In honor of Pride, the Knickerbocker Hotel's rooftop bar, St. Cloud, will be donating $5 to the WorldPride Foundation for the sale of every “Pride & Joy” (a key lime martini with chartreuse topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, and a rainbow lollipop) and “Love is Love” (a strawberry shortcake cocktail with RumChata, Kalani, Vodka, and muddled strawberries topped with whipped cream and sprinkles).
$5 drink specials at P.S. Kitchen
P.S. Kitchen, 246 W 48th St
Ride or walk with W Hotel during the Pride March
W Times Square
The W Hotel has two special offers that include nightly accommodations, access for two people to ride on or walk with the W Hotels float during WorldPride, and special swag bags and garments.